Stags boss David Flitcroft was pleased with his sides display, despite failing to break down Tranmere Rovers as Mansfield earned their third consecutive draw.
Mansfield had chances to take all three points as Tyler Walker, Otis Khan and Craig Davies all spurned opportunities in the second half - but after conceding a 95th minute equalizer against Colchester United on Saturday, the Stags boss highlighted the importance of keeping a clean sheet.
“I think it was a really open game in the second-half, The first-half was a cagey affair but the start that Tranmere had in the second-half, they came at us.” Flitcroft said
“The chances that we have then created, Tyler Walker’s header, and the one-on-one. He’s the player you would want to see on that ball at that moment with his finishing quality. I thought we would just see the back of the net ripple.
“We had to work really hard for our opportunities. When you see the game open up and you see Otis [Khan] 12-yards out with just the ‘keeper to beat, he’s just lost his composure a little. When you don’t score them [chances], it’s really important that you don’t concede and keep that clean sheet.
“You reflect on tonight and it becomes a fantastic point if we had won on Saturday. We’re unbeaten again, and all credit goes to that group of players that’s gone out there and made sure that we kept that clean sheet.”
The Stags boss gave a start to keeper Bobby Olejnik – only his second league start since joining the club – Flitcroft said “I ask this squad for respect and how we respect each other. We’ve got a good squad with good quality in that squad. It’s probably ten less than last season but I’ve gone for quality.
“There will always be football decisions, never personal. I knew there would be a lot of crosses tonight. It’s a strength of Bobby’s, collecting crosses. But his passing was good [too].
“The save he’s made in the second-half was phenomenal. Bobby has been waiting in the wings as it’s his first league match under me. He has supported and respected Conrad with everything.
“He’s been patient. I felt as though I should give him that chance that I would give an outfield player. He’s done the club proud and the group proud. Conrad’s supported him and that’s again what I want in the group.
“It [respect] is something that you grow over time and something that you have to try and foster in the environment. Then when they come on the pitch they know exactly what they have to do and what they are prepared to do for the group and the cause.”
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